Who is Paul Mullin? The Tory-Hating Footballer Profiled

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The political landscape in the United Kingdom is in shambles and everybody has an opinion on who is to blame, including Wrexham AFC striker Paul Mullin. Paul declared his political affiliations by posting an Instagram photo of his boots bearing the following message: ‘F*** the Tories!’

It’s unclear whether Mullin intended to wear the boots in a match, which would have contravened Football Association rules, or whether he simply intended to pass a message. Wrexham AFC executives weren’t pleased, saying in a statement:

“The photographs taken at the Racecourse Ground were done so without our knowledge or approval. For the record, the pictures wouldn’t have been permitted to be taken, had we known, and the issue will be dealt with privately by the Club.”

Paul rejuvenated his football career during a short spell with Cambridge United 

Paul Mullin was born on 6th November 1994 in Litherland, Merseyside. He developed his skills at the academies of Everton and Liverpool before moving to Huddersfield town. After impressing in the junior teams, Paul signed a one-year contract with the senior team. 

Mullin didn’t play a minute for Huddersfield before the club released him. In 2014, Morecambe signed Paul on a three-year contract after he impressed during a trial period. Paul showed sporadic moments of brilliance, but he didn’t convince Morecambe to offer him another contract. 

Paul had two unsuccessful spells at Swindon Town and Tranmere Rovers, respectively. In late January 2020, Tranmere loaned him to Cambridge United on a six-month loan deal. Mullin scored two goals for Cambridge before the season ended prematurely due to the coronavirus. 

In July 2020, Mullin signed a permanent one-year contract with the team. Paul found his mojo in the silent games played without fans – he scored 32 goals, earning the EFL League Two Player of the Season Award, the Golden boot, and contributing massively to Cambridge’s promotion. 

However, Mullin refused to sign an extension with Cambridge United; rather than join the League One club, he signed with National League side Wrexham on a three-year deal, where he continued his fine goalscoring form. In his first season with the team, he scored 32 times, completing the season as the National League top scorer. 

Wrexham confirmed that Paul Mullin would feature in the club’s bid for promotion 

Wrexham’s owners, Hollywood stars Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds, have big plans for the club, which, at the moment, involve Paul Mullins. Therefore, despite his transgression, the club confirmed that Paul would continue featuring for the club. 

Mullins is having another brilliant season, and at the time of writing, he is the second-highest scorer in the league. Wrexham’s statement read:

“The Club has adopted a neutral position on many matters with a political dimension and intends to continue to do so going forward.”

“After this unwelcome distraction, the Club hopes the focus remains on our objectives of gaining promotion on the field and creating community benefit off it, in which Paul Mullin will continue to play a significant part.”

Wrexham’s Conservative representative Sarah Atherton praised the club’s response to Paul’s social media post. Atherton said: “I am extremely grateful for the club’s speedy response in dealing with this matter and we can now draw a line under this.”

“I know that we will continue working closely together and I look forward to supporting Wrexham AFC wholeheartedly going forward.”

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